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HILLVIEW - Tommy Parker has coached some very good youth All-Star teams in his day.
But none of those teams may have had a roster in which every player hit the ball so well and he had the options of starting different players for different situations.
His Blue Lick 14 All-Stars swept through the district tournament without a loss last week and will now advance to the state tournament in Franklin, Ky., on Thursday evening.
Opening up with wins over St. Matthews and Prairie Village, Blue Lick would meet old rival Germantown on Saturday in the winner’s bracket final.
For years, the two programs have consistently battled on the field.
Blue Lick jumped on top in the first two innings to give starter Tyler Capito a 4-0 lead.
That would be all the right-hander would need as he combined with Kyle Hoskins for the 9-1 victory.
Up 4-0, Blue Lick continued to score runs. In the fourth, Wesley Parker singled and Capito drove home pinch-runner Austin Tucker. Luke Sivori would then bring home Capito for the 6-0 lead.
In the sixth, Tyler Mayberry and Capito singled. Sivori was hit by a pitch and Brandon Johnson singled home a run with a fielder’s choice. Chance Egnor’s fielder’s choice drove home another run. And Patrick Malone singled home the final Blue Lick run for a 9-0 lead.
Germantown scored its lone run in the sixth on a double and three walks.
To make it back to the final game, Germantown had to fight its way out of the elimination bracket.
And they made the most of it as Germantown jumped on top 7-0 over Blue Lick in the championship game Sunday.
But Blue Lick settled down and began its comeback.
Egnor’s fielder’s choice gave Blue Lick an 8-7 lead in the sixth and C.J. Phillips’ two-run homer accounted for the final 10-7 score.
Sivori got the victory on the mound in relief.
Both teams will advance to the state tournament this week in Franklin, which is on the Kentucky-Tennessee border down Interstate 65.
Parker and assistant Challis Ford, who are also assisted by Jamie Mayberry, will be attempting to win their second state championship. The other came with an 11-year in 2004.
Last year, the current group advanced to the state tournament in Henderson.
The Blue Lick 14-year-old All-Stars included Justin Belt, Tyler Capito, James Constant, Chance Egnor, Darren Harper, Kyle Hoskins, Brandon Johnson, Patrick Malone, Tyler Mayberry, Wesley Parker, Carl Phillips Jr., Luke Sivori and Austin Tucker.